28 Feb

Scoil Chrónáin Naofa

February Newsletter 2013


Green School 5 km Cycle

Pupils from Fifth and Sixth Class took part in our Green School 5 km Cycle on Tuesday 19th February.  It was a fantastic success with over 45 children taking part.  They cycled through our local area taking in such scenic areas as Golden Grove Woods and Orange Hill.  Garda Chris O Meara came in on his day off to give us a safety talk and accompany us on the cycle.  Thank you to Garda Mark Kelly and Senan Gardiner from An Taisce who also accompanied us and brought reflective jackets for those who didn’t have any and also parents  Aileen Hoyne and Colm Brophy who took part also.


Board of Management

  • School Self Evaluation

Inspector Marie Proctor met with the staff on Wednesday last to provide information on School Self Evaluation and what the process entails.  She was very impressed with the work the school has done so far in Maths and the initiatives that have been introduced.

  • Maths for Fun is in full swing at the moment every Wednesday in First and Fourth Class.  Thank you to parents Aileen, Angela, Fiona, Noreen and Sonja for their support.  The children are really enjoying the classes and are learning while having fun.
  • The school corridor is now so much more colourful thanks to the beautiful maths murals drawn by Mrs O Meara.  Thanks also to the other members of staff who lent a hand and to the transition year students.
  • The Department of Education and Skills has created a new website  It provides you the parent with lots of ideas that you can build into your day to help your child learn more.  Just enter your child’s age and find lots of fun reading, writing and maths activities you can do together.
  • Thank you to Ballyskenach Killavilla Gaels who donated two Sliotar Hitters to the school recently.  The children are delighted with the new equipment and they are getting plenty of use at training.


Aoibhneas Fundraiser

Our recent Social Night was a great success on Friday 1st February. Thank you to all the local businesses who donated spot prizes.  A cheque for €6057 was presented to Brendan Hanamy today. Thanks to Louis, Louise and Conor McKelvey who organised this event.


Dromakeenan’s Got Talent”

The annual drama show featuring pupils from Jared Madden School of Speech and Drama takes place on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March in the school hall at 7 30 pm.  There will be 60’s music, songs from “The Jungle Book”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Sister Act”.  A brilliant show is guaranteed and all are welcome.  .

Following workshops in African Drumming the pupils from Fourth and Sixth Class will perform at this year’s show under the expert guidance of Eddie O Neill.


Admission on the night is just €5.00,


Good Luck

Carrying on the strong tradition of quizzes in the school we wish good luck to Ross, Ian and Jerry from 6th Class and Dearbhail from 5th Class as they represent the school in the Credit Union Chapter Quiz in Nenagh on Friday night next.


What’s The Story?

The school has been chosen to participate in “What’s the Story?” again this year – a radio programme for RTE Junior Radio.  Stories and poems from the pupils have been sent in.  Details regarding the dates the programme will be aired will follow.


Religious Ceremonies

  • Fr Michael Harding and Fr Pat Treacy came to the school on Ash Wednesday to bless us and put ashes on our foreheads
  • Sixth Class will attend a Retreat in the De La Salle Retreat Centre in Castletown on March 15th in preparation for their Confirmation
  • Second Class pupils will make First Confession in St Cronan’s Church on Tuesday next.


Mad Hair Day

Following on from the success of last year’s Mad Hair Day we will hold another Mad Hair Day on Friday 22nd March.  We encourage children to be as creative as possible without making permanent changes.  A donation to the Shave or Dye fund will be made from our charity fund.


Mobile Phone Collection

Just a reminder we are still collecting old mobile phones in our quest to get some ipads.  Children receive a ticket for every phone they give to Mr Hanamy and a draw will be held at Easter with lots of Easter Eggs on offer.


Class News

Sixth Class have been examining what life was like in Ireland in World War 2. It was called ‘The Emergency’. The class are also putting together a mock court case. We are using our debating skills to discover whether the defendant will be found guilty or not guilty. We hope the jury will make the right decision. Find out next month! In Art we tie died t-shirts using food colouring. They turned out great!………….. Fifth Class have been learning all about the famine times in Ireland and are in the midst of their coffin ship project where they will design, make and exhibit their famine ships for other classes. We looked at the story of chocolate and followed the coco bean from the cacao plant to our bellies. We also learned the importance of Fair Trade and we are keeping an eye out for the logo in our supermarket.……………Fourth Class are finishing up projects this week on Ancient Civilisations inspired by all we’ve learned on the Normans Ancient Chinese and Ancient Romans lately. Even more exciting news is that we can’t wait for Science tomorrow (Friday). We are making ice-cream, something we’ve been eagerly awaiting all year………………… Third Class have just finished their projects on animals and had great fun presenting them to the class.  We are learning all about monasteries at the moment.  We are helping the  school to celebrate  “World Day of Prayer” tomorrow.………………..Second Class have been busy planting grass seeds to make grass heads for spring. Each pupil made their own character. We are also very busy preparing for First Confession………..…..First Class have the musicians of the future! We have all started playing the Tin Whistle and it is going great! Also we planted bulbs for Spring…………….Senior Infants have been very busy learning all about houses and homes! We learned all about the different types of houses we live in. We worked in groups and painted houses! We used sandpaper for the roof, foam for the windows and doors, match sticks for the chimney and pipe cleaners top show the smoke from the chimney! It was a lot of fun…..Junior Infants have been very busy learning about the lifecycle of the frog. We enjoyed having our teddies visit the classroom and we even went outside with our lunches and teddy to enjoy the lovely dry spell……………….Aoihbneas Class 1 and 2 have continued with “Feasty Friday” cooking “Ard Erin” apple pie followed by Valentine scones and cakes. We made pancakes for Shrove Tuesday and finished the month with pizza and potato wedge.  Aoibhneas Class one are enjoying the story of the Gruffalo and learning the Gruffalo story while Aoibhneas Class 2 made a snowman on the one day we had snow.  Our snowman is in the freezer and will be brought out in June.


Dates for your Diary

First Confession                                                Tuesday 5th March

Dromakeenan’s Got Talent         Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th March

Mad Hair Day and Easter Holidays             Friday 22nd March

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